An Open Love Letter; 1 year Anniversary

It’s been a full YEAR since we said ‘I do’. It all feels like it happened 2 months ago and also feels like it’s been so much longer than a year. The past year honestly hasn’t been much different from our years of dating, but at the same time so much has changed.

Sometimes I think I’m too young or we haven’t been married long enough to speak on the topic of a happy + healthy marriage, but what I do know is our love is the most genuine and real thing that I’ve ever known. There’s sometimes I don’t know how I loved you on certain days because of anger, but because we made sure our goal is to love each other like Jesus has loved us, that’s the only way I can explain why I can say ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘I love you’. To go one day from complete strangers to being united as one takes a whole lot of love, courage, trust, and humbleness. I thank God everyday for mistakes I made when I was younger and every good decision I made, because they led me to you and my past experiences have allowed me to be the wife I need to be to you.

Even though I loved all of the days we’ve spent together in the past 3 years as a couple, I wouldn’t trade the past 365 days spent as your wife. I’ve become the best version of myself because I’ve been able to basically grow up with my best friend by my side. We both moved out of our parents house and we had to learn how to be ourselves without the help of our parents, and we added marriage on top of that. I learned that I can’t put myself first anymore. It’s not just ‘me,me,me’ it’s ‘you + me’.

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Let me brag on you for a little bit:

I couldn’t have asked for a better husband. there’s so many things I could say I’m grateful for, but I would be here for another year writing that list. Here’s just a few things I’m so thankful for:

-You keep me accountable for my actions and makes me want to be a better person every day.

-You do the laundry and help with the dishes. (can I get an amen?!)

-You tell me I’m beautiful when I’m looking cute or looking like a troll.

-You always take my pictures, even when I know you’d rather be doing something else.

-You’re the most selfless and ambitious person I’ve ever met.

– You always make sure I’m happy and I have everything I need before you worry about yourself.

-Your heart and character is so genuine and beautiful and I can’t thank your parents enough for raising you to be the man that you are.

-You always fix my hair when it’s out of place. And even though you may roll your eyes when asked, you always hold my bag when I’m shopping or trying on clothes.

-Your sweet voice in the morning followed by a soft forehead kiss before we start our days and go to work.

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It’s hard to only want to talk about the good things, and of course nobody wants to air their dirty laundry. But, if it weren’t for the bad days, we couldn’t rejoice in the growth and strength gained when we make it out to the other side of a bad situation and say “we did it together”.

I can’t say our lives have drastically changed since we got married but, the past year I’ve never laughed more, cried more (happy and sad), or loved more and I got to have my better half with me every step of the way. I can’t wait to see what the future years hold for us!

I chose you a year ago on 8/5/17 and I still choose you today. And everyday.
I love you Mason ♥

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